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What ever happened to Dad and Son mentoring ? Maybe the culture of engineering should be passed on to children from the parents ? Like the "good old days" of Heathkit, amateur radio, and electronic kits. Even grandpa in the garage with his crystal radio set. Many of the top engineers I know had such mentoring backgrounds as kids. Unfortunately, I watched our cultural decay for decades now. Whole families "vegging out" in front of the TV, internet, video games and don't forget a glut of porn. Despite this pleasure drunk society with its many bursts of elations the kids and parents still seem to be more sad and lost than ever as time goes on. We've lost our ability to find lasting joy in constructive things such as solving a difficult math/physics problems in homework books.In fact kids that do find joy in equation solving are scorned and mocked as geeks whilst great honor is given to football thugs. For decades there have been books written on the harmful dummying up of our schools systems. Question is what to do ?Answer: Dads get very involved with the joy of training your kids. Also join or start a "high tech oriented" ham club. You may ask what's high tech in ham radio ?. Well AMSAT, Space Balloons, Moon bounce (EME), Meteor scatter, Laser comm. and the such. Of course there are many ways of using digital techniques in ham. But far more neglected and brain challenging is the analog side. Building amplifiers, Impedance matching, UHF/EHF engineering and much more. Electrical engineering should be a way a life for family and community not some dead zombie like science. No wonder why so many engineers hate their jobs. They missed out on the family and fun part. I lament you if that's the case with you. Perhaps it's not too late! Rather than fret over our countries demise why not start something today ? I don't think throwing more STEM tax (or inflated dollars) at the problem will get us very far. The solution is grassroots in nature.Love and good works are not very expensive. It's more about attitude.
Saving our innovative American heritage is not some grievous duty. It's a ton of fun!